Adequate COP environment
Lack of a “Common Operational Picture” environment to integrate data sources and calculation results from different models that are crucial for decision making process from the perspective of the incident commander.
A Common Operational Picture (COP) is a particular type of situation supported by a Command and Control system which is “established and maintained by gathering, collating, synthesizing, and disseminating incident information to all appropriate parties.” (21).
The main challenges lay in the amount of data and therefore the selection the most relevant data for incident ; and the format of data (disparate data collection, integration and analysis). The information needs to be customised to the exact needs and discipline-specific requirements to accommodate the variety of users. Real time is crucial.
The objectives of a COP are ultimately to increase situational awareness and to support real-time decision making.
References in the literature: This is rather well identified by most studies on management gaps. They tend to focus on the management of large amount of data and ability to merge data with different formats.
Rationale & related CM function(s)
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